Wifi & Productivity

Wifi and Productivity

During my third visit I conducted an interview based on how the participants work when at home. Both participants work 5 days a week, but are often expect to conduct some work whilst off hours. As such, I found it interesting to find out where they work location-wise. Re-asking similar, but more specific questions than in the main interview (see here), P answered questions on their work habits, and W was encouraged to jump in if he either didn’t agree or felt differently to a response.

Both found that they worked best in the living room and very rarely worked in their bedrooms. I also asked about whether they found it easy to separate work and leisure activities when in the living room, as that’s where the main living space is. They said they found no issue, however, when the question was explored further P conceded that often he found working in the middle of a room distracting, especially if he was looking outwards towards the rest of the room (see here).

Further, it was questioned whether they required a fast and stable internet connection to work. P needed stable internet but not necessarily fast. Whilst W needed both conditions to conduct work as he is often require to carry out tasks on live-pages of the internet (eg. live feeds, videos, streaming etc). Neither felt the music effected their work performance. 

By setting my phone into Field Test Mode I was able to test the strength of the wifi signal in different areas of the flat (higher numbers indicate a stronger signal. Whilst, lower number show a weaker signal is present). By dividing the house into a grid formation and then  testing the wifi strength in each area, I produced a map showing how strong or weak the internet connection was in different areas of the flat.

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Wifi Grid

Further, by asking the participants where the felt most efficient when working, I was able to colour code the areas they worked best and worst in the flat. I asked a number of question about work spaces and it was concluded that both participants felt more comfortable working in the main living room/kitchen. Both said that they found wifi usage patchy in their rooms, and that often found themselves easily distracted. Further, both said that by working at the main dining room table or sofa, that they felt like they worked better. It was also suggested that during summer months, they would occasionally work outside on the balcony.

As such, by overlaying the wifi grid on top of the productivity map, I have produced a map to test out the areas of efficiency in the house dependent on wifi signal.

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Perceived Productivity

As shown in the image below a correlation between wifi strength and perceived productivity is apparent. Although this data was a basic sample and test, it would be interesting to see if the same observation occurred in other areas, both public and private.

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Wifi Grid and Productivity